Champions League heartbreak for Wright!

Michael van Gerwen clinched his maiden Champions League of Darts title with a dramatic 11-10 victory over Peter Wright – surviving three match darts and recovering from 10-7 down to sink the Scot on a pulsating night of action in Leicester on Sunday evening.

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Taylor does the double over Van Gerwen, to win the Champions League of Darts!

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Phil Taylor secured a magnificent double over world number one Michael van Gerwen to secure the inaugural Champions League of Darts title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Sunday evening.

‘The Power’, who thrashed Van Gerwen 10-4 in their round-robin clash on Saturday night, repeated his heroics to clinch an emphatic 11-5 victory over the Dutch ace in the final. Taylor averaged 98.97, hit four maximums and converted 52% of his attempts at double, to scoop the £100,000 winner’s cheque.

Taylor enjoyed a perfect start to the final, breaking throw in the opening leg. ‘The Power’ fired in his first maximum and pinned D16, after MvG had missed the same target for a 112 checkout. The 16-time world champion doubled his advantage moments later, again hitting D16 to complete a 63 finish for a 15-dart hold of throw.

Van Gerwen kicked off the third leg with a timely maximum, but Taylor responded in kind, leaving 81 after just 9 darts. Taylor then had a glorious opportunity for a double-break, but missed darts at D12 and D6 respectively, as Van Gerwen opened his account with a 13-darter on D8.

Taylor’s trend of missing doubles continued into the fourth leg as he spurned a further three darts at D18 and D9, but on this occasion he enjoyed a reprieve. Van Gerwen missed D18 for a 102 checkout, allowing ‘The Power’ to regain his two-leg cushion. Continue reading “Taylor does the double over Van Gerwen, to win the Champions League of Darts!”

Taylor dismantles MvG at the Champions League of Darts!

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Phil Taylor produced a vintage display to dismantle Michael van Gerwen on the opening night of the inaugural Champions League of Darts at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday evening, which was broadcast live on the BBC.

The 16-time world champion averaged a mightily impressive 107.49 and took out four-ton plus checkouts to record a 10-4 win over the world number one, to mathematically secure himself a place in the semi-finals.

Incredibly, nine of the first ten legs went against the throw as Taylor led 6-4 at the break. ‘The Power’ then capitalised on missed doubles from MvG to establish an 8-4 cushion, before Taylor rounded off a stunning 10-4 victory with 138 and 120 checkouts in the final two legs of the encounter, to bring MvG’s astonishing 36-game unbeaten run to an end.

Earlier in the day, the 56-year-old kicked off his campaign with a convincing victory over world number five Peter Wright. ‘The Power’ averaged 102.66, took out a stunning 154 finish and hit 48% of his attempts at double. Wright averaged a respectable 97.30, but he was punished for hitting just 36% of his double attempts.

Meanwhile, MvG reeled off five straight legs to defeat World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton in his opening group game. ‘The Thorn’ posted seven maximums as the scores were locked at five apiece at the first interval. However ‘The Green Machine’  exploded after the interval, winning five legs without reply, finishing with a 97.30 average. Continue reading “Taylor dismantles MvG at the Champions League of Darts!”

Unibet Champions League of Darts Draw & Schedule!

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Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor will renew their rivalry at the inaugural Champions League of Darts, which gets underway in Cardiff this Saturday. The round-robin tournament, consisting solely of the world’s top eight players, will be televised on BBC Two- the first ever PDC event to be broadcast on the BBC.

Van Gerwen has been in magnificent form over recent weeks, amassing £55,000 in prize money within the last five days alone, having won the European Darts Grand Prix last weekend, before clinching an incredible Players Championship treble in Barnsley. He’ll certainly be the man to beat at the Motorpoint Arena.

The event sees players split into two groups of four, which begins with a round-robin phase. The top two players from each group will then progress to knockout semi-finals and the final, and the eventual winner will scoop the £100,000 first prize.

Van Gerwen and Taylor will be joined in Group A by the Scottish duo of Peter Wright and Robert Thornton. Three-time major finalist Wright is fifth seed, whilst Thornton, who will be defending his World Grand-Prix title next week, is seeded eighth.

World champion Gary Anderson is the highest ranked seed in Group B, and he’ll be joined by two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, eight-time major winner James Wade and former World-Youth champion Michael Smith. Continue reading “Unibet Champions League of Darts Draw & Schedule!”

BBC to host PDC’s inaugural ‘Champions League of Darts’ in 2016!

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The Professional Darts Corporation have announced a deal to broadcast PDC darts live on the BBC for the first time in history, with the introduction of a brand new tournament, ‘The Champions League of Darts’, set to be broadcast on the BBC in September.

This tournament will be an eight-player event, hosted at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena from September 24-25th, consisting of the top eight players on the PDC Order of Merit following the conclusion of the World Matchplay in July.

The eight players will be split into two groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to the semi-finals and subsequently the final, with £100,000 on offer to the winner. World number one Michael van Gerwen, reigning world champion Gary Anderson and 16-time world champion Phil Taylor will all be in attendance in Cardiff.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn was understandably thrilled to announce this ground-breaking moment, stating: “The BBC has a long history of broadcasting darts but this will be the start of an exciting new era.”

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